i’ve always been fascinated by the concept of beauty and what makes someone feel attractive or unattractive. years ago i felt driven to start a personal project for my photography website that would examine the uncomfortable, secretive feelings of self-doubt.

i created posts on craigslist and other online classifieds titled, “if you feel ugly or unattractive – i want to take your picture.” i mentioned that i wanted to take a simple portrait and record an audio interview of each participant to explain why they felt ugly or unattractive. i ended up shooting and interviewing four people – but my vision for the project was a little shortsighted and i wasn’t happy with how i shot the portraits. the project eventually lost steam and got put on the cold, cold back burner for six years.

recently i decided to light the fire on the back burner and make this project happen. i changed the art direction of the portraits, and traded the audio interviews for video interviews. i posted the same online classified ads and found more people willing to be a part of my project.

i am unbeautiful explores the hidden sadness, pain, fear, and delicate insecurities rooted in the quest to feel and appear beautiful.

josh maready is a photographer and cinematographer in nyc.


  1. Alec Reed

    I don’t know if you still do this but my name is Alec and I am 25 and have just suffered my whole life with looks and just so much more to get into deeply but was wondering if you still do these videos and if I could share my story with you in possibly being featured in an unbeautiful video, I feel that it would be a great outlet for me to go into deeper my own self thoughts and insecurities based on my looks

  2. Madeline

    I really love what your doing here. I struggle with a lot of self image issues due to my circumstances and this needs to be seen. Thank you.

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